“Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story” is a 2015 french movie directed and written by Eva Husson, inspired to a real fact happened in the United States.
The contest in which it takes place is not unknown: middle class wealthy but dysfunctional families with absent parents, uninterested and unable to give attention to their kids, until when it is too late. The characters are regular boisterous high schoolers: bored by school and family, looking for strong sensations and, even if it sounds like a paradox, clumsily dealing with the sexual sphere for the first time.
No ingredient is missing to create a, even if aesthetically delicate and astonishing, Skins-alike teenage underground drama.
George, Laetitia and their group of friends are self destructive and unsatisfied youngsters whom lose control of their own game when an amateur video shot during a orgiastic party, called Bang Gang, is uploaded on Youtube.
Beside the direct consequences on George, main character of the video and the film itself, they find themselves facing some unexpected elements: social judgment and sexually transmitted diseases.
Generally speaking some interesting elements are present.
The power dynamics off the group for examples, in particular the role played by Laetitia, the lamb that becomes wolf and the atypical, sensitive but restrained Gabriel, introduced as the pilar of values and true love.
Also the the cinematographic representation of sex never violent or vulgar but at the same time explicit and disinhibited is a remarkable aspect of this movie that never slips in voyeurism.
On the other side the film is suffering of an excessive capsulation that made results as a public condemnation of sexual freedom and a priori strong demonization of drugs in which, furthermore, the specific psychological implication are nor mentioned or taken into account. The character seems to be, as a consequence, stereotyped parodies of themselves.
The message that arrives to the audience is, somehow, that a free and instinctive approach t sexuality is leading, inevitably, to some form of destruction which is, truly, caused by the social and relational contest they are the result of.